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Alexei Navalny, imprisoned Putin critic, dies in a Russian penal colony

MOSCOW — Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who survived a near-fatal poisoning blamed on the Kremlin and endured harsh prison conditions even while wielding black humor and social-media savvy to battle President Vladimir Putin’s autocratic rule, died in prison Friday, Russia’s prison agency said. He was 47. Even as he earned international accolades for scathing denunciations of Putin from behind bars over the catastrophic war in Ukraine and his fight for what he called a “beautiful” Russia free of dictatorial…

Steve Ostrow, icon of gay nightlife, dies ages 91 | Music

Steve Ostrow, whose gay bathhouse Continental Baths in New York City had a huge influence on club culture, has died aged 91.The Sydney Morning Herald announced that he died at a retirement home in the city, where he had moved in the 1980s from his native US.Ostrow was born in 1932 to Russian Jewish parents in Brooklyn, and had a talent for singing that he developed in performances at his local synagogue. His artistry carried him to work with the New York City Opera, and he married fellow opera singer Joanne King.He was…

Suikoden and Eiyuden Chronicles creator Yoshitaka Murayama dies

The creator of Suikoden and Eiyuden Chronicles, Yoshitaka Murayama, died on February 6 due to “complications with an ongoing illness,” as announced by his company, Rabbit and Bear Studios. Murayama joined Konami back in 1992 and worked his way up to direct and write his own game, Suikoden, which was released at the end of 1995 in Japan before reaching North America in 1996. He continued working on the series through to 2002, when he left Konami a month before the release of Suikoden III. He formed Blue Moon Studios,…

Krautrock singer Damo Suzuki dies aged 74 | Music

Damo Suzuki, the Japanese-born singer who fronted pioneering krautrock group Can during the band’s creative peak, has died aged 74.Suzuki’s death was confirmed on Saturday afternoon via Can’s Instagram. While the cause of his death was not stated, the Cologne-based musician was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014, having first been diagnosed with the disease 30 years earlier.“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our wonderful friend Damo Suzuki, yesterday, Friday 9th February 2024,” the message…

Henry Fambrough, original member of the Spinners, dies at 85

DETROIT —  Henry Fambrough, the last surviving original member of the iconic R&B group the Spinners, whose hits included “It’s a Shame,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” and “The Rubberband Man,” died Wednesday, a spokesperson for the group said. He was 85.Fambrough died peacefully of natural causes in his northern Virginia home, spokesperson Tanisha Jackson said in a statement.The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November. Along with Fambrough, Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson, Bobby…

Jonathan Whitener, chef of Here’s Looking at You, dies at 36

Jonathan Whitener, a chef-partner of Los Angeles restaurants Here’s Looking at You and All Day Baby, died at his home Wednesday night, according to a report from the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner. He was 36. A representative of the L.A. County medical examiner‘s office confirmed that his death was pronounced on Wednesday at 7:38 p.m.The cause of death was not yet known, pending additional investigation.Here’s Looking at You, which Whitener opened in Koreatown in 2016 with managing partner Lien Ta to…

Mojo Nixon, roots rock renegade and MTV staple, dies at 66

Mojo Nixon, the roots rock renegade who crawled from the American underground with his 1987 single “Elvis Is Everywhere” and maintained a career on the fringes of American culture, died after a cardiac event Wednesday. He was 66. His family confirmed his passing with a post on Facebook.In their statement, Nixon’s family wrote: “How you live is how you should die. Mojo Nixon was full-tilt, wide-open rock hard, root hog, corner on two wheels + on fire. Passing after a blazing show, a raging night, closing the bar, taking…

Country singer Toby Keith loses battle with stomach cancer, dies at 62

American singer-songwriter Toby Keith, best known for his classics `Red Solo Cup` and `Should Have Been a Cowboy,` has died, People reported. He was 62. The singer-songwriter passed peacefully on Monday night, according to his family, which released a statement on X. pic.twitter.com/NfdLKGLQQe — Toby Keith (@tobykeith) February 6, 2024 Keith was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2022. "Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5 surrounded by his family, the statement read. "He fought his fight…

Toby Keith dies: Fans raise red Solo cup to country star

Toby Keith was mourned by fans and his fellow country musicians Tuesday after his family announced that the “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” singer died Monday at 62 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.The musician, who announced in June 2022 that he had been battling cancer for months, was praised for his songwriting ability, patriotism, gruff attitude and larger-than-life persona, as well as his support for the American military, veterans and the USO.Keith — whose tough-talking post 9/11 hits included “American Ride”…

Toby Keith dies: Country music star battled stomach cancer

NORMAN, Okla. —  “Beer For My Horses” singer-songwriter Toby Keith has died. He was 62.Keith, who was battling stomach cancer, passed peacefully on Monday surrounded by his family, according to a statement posted on the country singer’s website. “He fought his fight with grace and courage,” the statement said. He was diagnosed in 2022.Sometimes a polarizing figure in country music, the 6-foot-4 singer broke out in the country boom years of the 1990s, crafting an identity around his macho, pro-American swagger and…